On arriving, one leaves the platform and enters the exhibition building. Also on that weekend, was a huge motorbike exhibition, Comic-com UK, and a Christmas fair.
On entering the exhibition you encountered a mass of trade stands. which also extended down the sides, with the layouts massed together from about half way, and dividing some of the trade areas on one side. This also included an area of how-to and instructional/demonstration displays.
The trade stands had everything one would want, especially away from the manufacturer stands, and general model shop stands. like squires Tools, which had every sort of model paint, plastic card, tool, scenic item one would want, and there were several of these. (There were guys going around with lists of things they wanted, crossing them off when they found each item).
|It's past 10 o'clock, six windows open for tickets.|
|Keightley and Worth Valley's ex NCB Haydock built 0-6-0 Bellerphon.|
|Tallyllyn Narrow gauge; Fletcher Jenning built 'Tallylln' 1864.|
|Victorian Horse drawn bus.|
|What are these guys looking at? They stood there for more than ten minutes. This layout was packed, could not get any closer. When I did manage to push around the corner, what were they looking at: nothing. There was not a model train in sight!|
|Modern traction depot.|
|Demonstration stand area.|
|O scale layout, early stage of construction. There were several O scale layout of this size.|